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Representation and the Pace of Policy Change: A Comparative Over-time Analysis

Ian Budge, Hans Keman, Michael McDonald and Paul Pennings

in Organizing Democratic Choice

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654932
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741685 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654932.003.0008

Series: Comparative Politics

Representation and the Pace of Policy Change: A Comparative Over-time Analysis

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This chapter examines relationships between preferences and enacted policy through regressions directly linking preferences to expenditure over sixteen democracies 1972–1995. This gives more exact estimates and facilitates a more extensive comparative and over time analysis, with all the countries taken together rather than graphed individually, enabling us to generalize and check theory more rigorously. An important conclusion is that the pace of actual policy change is indeed slow as suggested by our previous computer simulations. This enables actual policy to adjust to preferences more efficiently over time.

Keywords: policy regimes; policy inertia; election control; left-right median; welfare

Chapter.  11834 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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